Now that the turkey and pumpkin pie have been eaten and (hopefully) all the leftovers are gone, Hanukkah is beginning and the Christmas season is in full swing.
At the Carroll Arts Center, we have a variety of holiday events for the whole family. Come see our exhibits or catch a show and get into the holiday spirit. You can find a complete listing of all our programs at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
A view from the gallery
There’s still time to visit our 21st annual Festival of Wreaths! Sponsored by PNC Bank and the Carroll County Times, this annual event and silent auction features over 160 spectacular themed wreaths and pieces of holiday artwork. I am in awe of the amazing creations submitted this year. Many of the wreaths come with merchandise and gift cards for you to bid on, including tickets to “Hamilton,” vacation rentals and restaurant certificates, so don’t be deterred because you already own a wreath.
Come enjoy the holiday atmosphere, bid on a wreath and experience this Carroll County tradition that is one of our most significant fundraisers. The wreaths are hanging in the Director’s Hall and Community Gallery. Admission to the festival is free, and it runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
While you are looking at the wreaths, you can work on your holiday shopping! Our 10th annual Gallery of Gifts is in full swing, thanks to the amazing artists displaying their work and the sponsorship of Farmers & Merchants Bank. The Tevis Gallery is decked out with baskets, prints, textiles, wood carvings, jewelry and more.
This special cash and carry exhibit is a holiday boutique rather than a traditional exhibit, with over 45 artists participating. Find unique and creative gifts while supporting local artists. Shop now while the selection is still robust. The Gallery of Gifts is open through Dec. 22.
There are plenty of shows playing in our theatre this month. On Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., join Motown and More for their Holiday Celebration. Enjoy classics like “Santa Baby” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in the Motown style. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show.
Saturday night, Dec. 1, Common Ground on the Hill presents “Walt Michael & Co. Holiday Traditional String Celebration” at the Carroll Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. A key player in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Michael’s repertoire includes old-time Southern Appalachian, Celtic, & original compositions in performances ranging from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students and seniors.
The following week, join us for our annual presentation of the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Celebrate this beloved Victorian holiday tradition thanks to the sponsorship of another beloved, Victorian holiday tradition, The Antrim 1844. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors.
What do you get when you combine everyone’s favorite holiday cartoon with a live performance of the jazz score? A Carroll Arts Center holiday tradition, that’s what! Join us for “A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas,” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22, at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. After we show the Peanuts classic, the incomparable Eric Byrd Trio creates a joyful holiday event for all ages. Thanks to Woodhaven Building and Development for sponsoring this event. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
Behind the scenes
Our Fall Art History Series has one more lecture. Join Susan Williamson on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. for “The Influence of Art Deco on the Carroll Theater and East Middle School.” Susan will share her artistic expertise in this informative and entertaining presentation. Tickets are $6.50. Remember, Carroll County Arts Council members get 10 percent off.
Consider becoming a member of the Carroll County Arts Council and get member benefits, including advance notice of certain events, discounted tickets, member receptions and more!
If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center and wondered how you could get involved, or if you call the Arts Center your “happy place,” we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer. Just click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.